90% Garowe Power Supply from Renewables after EPS’ Somali Microgrid Upgrade

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Wind Turbines at Garowe, Somalia (Electro Power Systems )

Somalia - Electro Power Systems S.A. (EPS), a technology pioneer in energy storage systems and microgrids, has announced the completion of the extension of its microgrid in Garowe, north-eastern Somalia in less than 30 days.

EPS is listed on the French-regulated market Euronext Paris (EPS:FP) and built the initial phase of the microgrid which was commissioned in February 2016.

The microgrid initially comprised of solar panels and an energy storage system.

The current expansion to the microgrid has seen three new wind turbines and a new storage system installed. And in a statement released by EPS, the company says it has been able to integrate the wind energy with no need of any change to the existing microgrid.

“This important result was reached in such short time thanks to the flexibility of EPS’ technology, which enables to provide true “plug & play” solutions for its customers. It has neither been necessary to change the settings of EPS’ unique software for intelligent microgrid management, nor the settings of the innovative Energy Management System (EMS): two different storage technologies – in addition to solar and wind – have been connected and automatically balanced, granting stability to the microgrid and a most effective usage of the renewable energy,” the statement adds

Currently the renewables and energy storage based microgrid has an installed power capacity of 5.9 MW and provides electricity to more than 50 000 inhabitants of Garowe. With over 12 000 connections to the microgrid, approximately 100 000 people are effectively being serviced by the installation.

The extension of the microgrid now sees more than 90% of the entire Garowe region power demand being covered exclusively by renewables and storage.

“This new microgrid has been completed in record time complying with the highest quality and safety standards. A unique plant, technologically competitive and enabling a sustainable development of this African region. We have reduced the energy bill for the local population, and are now ready to strengthen our commercial presence in Africa,” commented Carlalberto Guglielminotti, CEO of EPS.

The first phase of the microgrid was initiated by the Somali power utility National Energy Corporation of Somalia (NECSOM) who contracted EPS to add 1MW of solar generation capacity and 1.4MWh of storage to the existing diesel power generation. Following the solar installation, the Garowe area saw an increase in the energy consumption and a growth in the energy demand up to 1.7 MW. This saw NECSOM again choosing EPS to expand the microgrid with 0.75MW of wind energy and 400 KWh of storage combined with 3.1MW of installed generators.

The solution provided by EPS, embedded with their HyESS (Hybrid Energy Storage System) technological platform, turns intermittent renewables electricity generation into a stable power supply.

The microgrid will allow for a saving of 1 million litres of diesel fuel per year, while also reducing CO2 emissions by up to 600 tons per year.

EPS, which continues with its focus on microgrids and emerging markets providing cheap electrification, has also been involved in the delivery of a 500kW microgrid in Lasanod near Garowe.